McCullum hits record century

2012-09-21 14:41

Pallekele - Brendon McCullum's superb record-setting century led New Zealand to post a daunting 191-3 against Bangladesh in the World Twenty20 on Friday.

McCullum, the leading scorer in the shortest format of the game, pummelled 123 off 58 balls and hammered 11 fours and seven sixes against a much hyped spin-dominated Bangladesh attack.

Bangladesh bowlers had no answer to McCullum's brilliance as he ruthlessly hammered both seamers and spinners after New Zealand was asked to bat.

He raised his century with two successive boundaries off left-arm spinner Elias Sunny in 51 balls a delivery after he was dropped by Mashrafe bin Mortaza at extra cover.

McCullum became the first man to score two T20 centuries - and the highest ever - before he holed out in the deep off the last ball of the innings.

His previous best T20 knock came against Australia at Christchurch in 2010 when he remained unbeaten on 116.

After Martin Guptill (11) went early in left arm spinner Abdur Razzak's first over, McCullum dominated the 94-run stand with James Franklin (35) off 65 balls. Franklin departed in the 15th over when he gave a skier to Sunny and Bangladesh looked to be in the game at 113-2.

However, McCullum tormented the attack in the last four overs as he cut loose and gathered 63 runs with his captain Ross Taylor (14 not out).

Razzak was the most successful bowler with 2-28, but even he conceded 16 runs in the last over of the innings before getting McCullum's wicket.


  • richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-21 14:48

    How is it possible that a batsman's name can be spelled one way in the article headline, a different way in the body copy and a third way in the photo caption? It's Brendon (not Brendan) McCullum (not McCullam).

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-21 15:12

      Thanks, corrected now.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-09-21 15:12

    TIA this is africa

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-21 15:27

    Looks like Pakistan may be on the receiving end their own "Boom" with the form McCullum is in. Looking forward to seeing McCullum vs the Pakistan bowlers

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-21 15:43

      Bangladesh bowlers are not on the same level. Not intimidated. We're going all the way this year.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-09-21 15:46

      Like your enthusiasm Boom :-). I think Sri Lanka and Pakistan are co-favourites but closely followed by South Africa and West Indies (Windies have some serious individual gamebreakers)

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-09-21 15:56

      The big matches start tomorrow. Let's see what happens :)

  • stanford.flanagan - 2012-09-21 15:29

    What do you expect Mr Barnes. Spelling is NOT IMPORTANT AT ALL. It amazes me with all of technology available, so many articles appears in newspapers, magazines, and elctronic media with the most trivial spelling and grammar errors. Is nobody proofreading these days????.

  • gsaker1 - 2012-09-22 14:25

    Totally desrves his no1 ranking as the world best T20 batsmen. Highest no of runs over 1500- almost 500 more than his nearest rival - only guy to score 100 twice - highest Score and 4th highest score - most sixes and 4's of any player - plays the most outrageous shots of any player - like 6's over the keepers against off yorkers from Shaun Tate of Australia coming in at 150k plus. Even Ricking Ponting said that particular knock was the best T20 inning he's ever seen - no player in the game has a better eye or faster bat speed in the T20 game. Amazing player when he has his eye in.

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